Respect the democratic decision and Corbyn’s mandate

With the NEC elections coming up, Labour members should vote for candidates who have a record of standing up for Jeremy’s leadership and get on with the real business of winning a Labour government and Jeremy as PM in 2020.

In a recent article, Christine Shawcross asked:

christine shawcrossHow many successful elections and by-elections will it take before Jeremy Corbyn’s critics concede he may have something going for him?

And when are they going to run out of excuses to explain away his results? She continued:

“Last summer, as people flocked to join his campaign in their tens of thousands, packing out his meetings and mobbing him in the streets, I was repeatedly told that he was unelectable and would be a disaster as leader. This was after we were told he couldn’t get on the ballot paper and were then told he couldn’t win even if he did get on the ballot paper.

“When the Oldham by-election was announced, political pundits and irreconcilable Blairite MPs were united in their prophecies of doom — Labour would do badly under “toxic” Corbyn and might well lose the seat. When we increased our share of the vote, we were told that there was a good local candidate (true) who had won “in spite” of Jeremy. Now the results of the May elections are being slated as not good enough.

“Have I read this right?

  • We won all the mayoral contests including by a landslide in Bristol and London (of which more later),
  • picked up PCC victories in several areas including the East Midlands (where we had failed to gain all eight of our target seats in 2015, plus losing another one for good measure),
  • did well in council elections in the south of England where Jeremy is supposed to be especially “toxic,”
  • continue to be the dominant party in Wales despite the doomsayers’ predictions and won two parliamentary by-elections, one with an increased majority.
  • We won more councillors than any other party.

“Crucially, we finished ahead of the Tories in terms of the national popular share of the vote. At the 2015 general election we were nearly seven points behind. Now we are a point ahead”. This despite a barrage of abuse from commentators, attacks from some members of a minority of our own party, the news media and David Cameron – and in particular attempts to manipulate anti-semitism for political aims.

Critics present the landslide for Labour in London as being “in spite” of Corbyn and seize on the situation in Scotland – as if, Christine Shawcross continues, “the collapse in the vote in 2015 hadn’t been a very long time in the making, and could be turned around in a mere eight months”.

She recommends giving the new leader time to ‘make his mark’ and comments that his opponents (in both parties?) should ‘stop the barrage of criticism and show that they respect a democratic decision and Corbyn’s mandate’.

Christine Shawcroft is running for re-election to the Labour Party National Executive Committee.





Posted on May 18, 2016, in Democracy, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, Media, Politics, Watershed and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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